Famous Black Storytellers
An integral aspect of changing stereotypes, storytelling is an inherent way of life for Africans. Everybody has a tale to tell and everybody tells it in different ways. Africans are telling their stories and others in multiple formats. They all are doing amazing things, making great strides at home and abroad.
Nosa Garrick: Garrick directs and executive produces My Africa Is, a documentary series that showcases African realities. Since four years ago, the show has so far chronicled Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos, and Ghana. Garrick uses her platform to highlight the untapped potential and the necessity of empowering Africa’s youth.
Teddy Goitom: a Swedish-Ethiopian/Eritrean content producer, Goitom founded Stocktown in 1998. He also directed Afripedia, a documentary series on Angolan, Kenyan, South African, Senegalese, and Ghanaian creatives. Afripedia serves as a visual guide to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music, and contemporary culture.
Damilare Sonoiki: a writer for ABC’s Black-ish, Sonoiki wrote and directed his own comedy pilot called African Booty Scratcher. The project, about an immigrant Nigerian family in America, successfully raised its target of $30k on Kickstarter. He studied economics at Harvard, worked on Wall Street, and then moved to LA to embark on his TV writing career.
Nnedi Okorafor: Nigerian-American science fiction and fantasy author, Okorafor published Who Fears Death, which won the World Fantasy Best Novel Award; Akata Witch, an Amazon Best Book of the Year; and Zahrah the Windseeker, which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature. She and Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu were selected by Triggerfish Animation Studios in Dec. 2015 to develop their animated feature film “The Camel Racer” for its inaugural Story Lab.
Wanuri Kahiu: Kenyan film director Kahiu has received multiple awards and nominations for her films. In 2009, she bagged a total of twelve nominations and earned five awards for From a Whisper at the 2009 AMAA. According to CNN, she is “one of Africa’s most aspirant directors, being part of a new, vibrant crop of talents representing contemporary African culture.” She also directed Pumzi and Homecoming.